April 4, 2003

Local Latina Non-Profit Awards 19 Scholarships

San Diego MANA will award scholarships to 19 Latinas who are pursuing a college education. The 2003 Sylvia Chavez Memorial Scholarship recipients are each attending a community college, undergraduate or graduate course of study.

MANA is a national organization dedicated to the advancement of Latina women of all ages and promotes the equal participation of Latinas in social, educational, economic, and political processes.

A celebration and recognition event in honor of the 19 scholarship winners will be held on Saturday April 19 at San Diego’s Channel 10 Studios from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. All are welcomed.

Connie Zaragoza, scholarship chair states: “the money for scholarships is made possible through the generosity of business sponsors and the love, labor and commitment of MANA members. Each year, our members work hard to raise the necessary funds for scholarships.”

San Diego MANA has over 500 members and established its scholarship program in 1991 as a way of helping Latina women achieve their educational goals. The scholarship honors Sylvia Chavez, a MANA member and community leader, who was committed to the organization’s vision and goals. More than 112 Latina women have received financial assistance toward their education since 1991, when the first scholarships were awarded.

San Diego MANA also sponsors the Hermanitas Program for young Latina women. This one-on-one mentoring program provides educational workshops, career exploration and academic tutoring by MANA members.

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